Royal Rumble (1988) was the first annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on January 24, 1988 at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. Unlike the subsequent Royal Rumble events, this event was not shown on pay-per-view and was instead a television special shown on the USA Network.
The main event was a two out of three falls match where The Islanders (Haku and Tama) defeated The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers). The undercard featured the first-ever Royal Rumble match which was won by Jim Duggan, Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki) defeated The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin and Leilani Kai) in a two out of three falls match for the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship and Ricky Steamboat defeated Rick Rude by disqualification.
0650 !650 20 Junkyard Dog 15 Bass 0208 !208 This was the first ever RoyalRumble which featured only 20 wrestlers ... One Man Gang held the record for most eliminations in a single rumble and most eliminations overall with 6, until this record was broken the following year by Hulk Hogan ... Bret Hart was the first ever entrant in a RoyalRumble match, and he held a record for longevity time until next year by lasting 2542 ...
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